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Knights Of Badassdom by Bear McCreary (Review)

posted Mar 5, 2014, 10:00 PM by Kaya Savas

What I love about Bear McCreary is that he pours passion into every project he scores. His talents and style are applicable in almost any scenario, and his music has created some amazing sonic worlds to get lost in. He can handle deep emotions, has wonderful melodies and a sound that is instantly recognizable. He can score something as masterful as Europa Report or he can let loose and have some serious fun with something like Knights Of Badassdom. Knights Of Badassdom is a movie as ridiculous as it sounds. The story revolves around a group of LARPers (Live Action Role Players) who accidentally awaken an ancient succubus. Now they must put an end to the evil entity. What Bear McCreary has done with the score is pretty awesome though, and it’s a real blast. 

How often are you going to come across a rock score heavily featuring the bagpipe in what sounds like Braveheart meets Robert Rodriguez? I'm going to say not that often. The music has two sides to it. You have the fantastical side filled with elegance and timelessness, and you have the balls to the wall rock side of it. You feel the two sides become established, and then they just clash together for a damn good time. The music is not chaos though. It’s actually a very excellently structured score that builds to a fantastic finale. The electric guitars that fill up most of the score can become overbearing at times, and in those moments you feel like you’re at a rock concert. It almost takes you out of the narrative and into a performance. That would probably the only weakness, but given the nature of the film it's hardly a distraction. Other than that it’s a score that embraces itself and its unique identity. I promise you won’t find a score quite like Knights Of Badassdom in quite some time.

Bear McCreary delivers another engrossing experience that feels unique and special. The title of the movie tells you the exact tone of the score. It’s awesome to hear a composer just rocking out and having a blast while still crafting a pretty decent score. Stylistically the score has Bear written all over it, but the Scottish rock feel of it all makes it feel unique. If you ever wanted to hear what kind of music accompanies Peter Dinklage as a LARPer fighting a succubus then your wish has been granted. Only severe prudes will turn their nose up at this score, the rest will have helluva good time.